(National Sentinel)Â Justice: House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes vowed on Sunday to put any FBI or Justice Department official on trial who willingly schemed against the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant so they could spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page.
In an interview with investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson on her “Full Measure” program Sunday, the California Republican answered questions related to his committee’sÂ Russia probe, the unmasking scandal and the FISA abuse.
He told her in no uncertain terms that the panel has never found any evidence of President Donald J. Trump “colluding” with the Russian government to ‘steal the election’ from Hillary Clinton.
“…[W]e have a Russian Investigation going on whether or not there was collusion between any campaign and the Russians. That’s coming to a close. We’ve never had any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” he said.
“So you’re comfortable with saying at this point, you don’t see anything there?” Attkisson pressed.
“No, there’s nothing there,” Nunes responded.
When asked what else the committee has found, he said:
So in that investigation, we’ve unearthed things that are very concerning. We know that there are un-maskings that occurred and probably were leaked to the media. So this is, so these were, this is an intelligence products that were put together. The names or the names of the Americans were masked.
And what we found was happening is, in the last administration, they were unmasking hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of American’s names. They were unmasking people for what I would say, for lack of a better definition, were for political purposes.
He went on to say that the committee has no evidence that Obama administration officials leaked the names of unmasked Americans to the media, only that those names ended up there.
Sharyl: Why is the Carter Page wiretap interview so important? Carter Page is the former Trump volunteer, advisor, who was wiretapped apparently, at least four times. Three times by the way, apparently after President Trump was elected. Why is that wiretap so important?
Rep. Devin Nunes: It really boils down to this. You had a campaign. The Hillary Campaign and the Democratic Party went out and paid for dirt. They got it from Russians by the way. Then they used that dirt and funneled it into the FBI. The FBI then used that dirt to get a warrant on a US citizen who was part of the other campaign. A limited role, yes. But still, to do that, itâ€™s wrong.
Sharyl: We asked your Democrat counterpart Adam Schiff for an interview, but he wouldnâ€™t do it. He said that the memo that you put out was misleading and omitted material facts.
Rep. Devin Nunes: Because we didnâ€™t want to disclose any sources and methods. We tried to reduce the memo down to what we believed the American people needed to know. What was most important? So we put in the memo, the things that were used before the FISA court in order to justify the warrant. Was there other information? Sure. But it wasnâ€™t, it wasnâ€™t important in terms of the justification of the warrant.
Sharyl: Congressman Adam Schiff says, your goal is to put the FBI on trial, and to put special council Bob Muellerâ€™s investigation on trial.
Rep. Devin Nunes: Yeah, well FISA abuse has nothing to do with, with the Mueller investigation. As it relates to Department of Justice and the FBI, if they need to be put on trial, we will put them on trial. The reason that Congress exists is to oversee these agencies that we created. DOJ and FBI are not above the law. Congress created them, we oversee them, and we fund them. And if theyâ€™re committing abuse for a secret court, getting warrants on American citizens, youâ€™re darn right that weâ€™re going to put them on trial.
Sharyl: What would you say is the takeaway?
Rep. Devin Nunes: And I think people are just starting to learn now what really happened. Because as we peel more and more of this back, I think more and more Americans get educated. And I think that theyâ€™re gonna demand that changes are made.
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